Best Hairsprays for Every Style


A mix of argan oil and coconut extract to nourish strands while forming a barrier against humidity (they claim it reduces frizz by 87 percent). This fine mist dries instantly delivering light hold.

Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray, $12.


This European stylist favorite made landfall on our shores four short years ago and quickly found a new legion of devotee for its residue-free lasting hold that remained soft to the touch.

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New this year, an unscented version: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented, $15.

3Color Protection

Formulated without water to protect hair color, this non-dulling, fast-drying spritz gives medium, flexible hold without any flaking. Use it as a styling or finishing product.

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Pureology ColourStylist Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray, $24.

4Variable Hold

Some styles (beachy waves) require movement, while others (an up-do) need to be shellacked in place. Same money and counter space with a multi-taker that lets you dial up or dial down the intensity. Three strength settings (soft, medium and strong) render flexible hold.

Unite GO365 Hairspray, $31.

5Rock Solid Hold

For those times you need to keep every single hair in place, get lasting lift and eight hours of humidity protection thanks to this hair spray’s vitamin E and antioxidant-infused Spray-Strong Complex.

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Redken Forceful 23 Super-Strength Finishing Spray; $17


Add life to limp locks by targeting the roots for fullness, lift and hold.  This formula stands up to humidity, static, and UV rays—sans stickiness. Ideal for fine hair.

Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play, $16.99.

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Lock in sassy styles with a hair spray that adds luminosity without buildup. Argan oil leaves hair weightless, manageable, and touchable.

Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium, $21.


Recreate a day at the beach with a texturizing spray for a tousled, sea air texture. Mist on wet hair and air- or blow-dry for big waves, curls and definition that lasts.

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Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray, $18.


Love the performance of hairspray but feeling guilty about aerosol’s effects on the environment? Find all-day brushable hold in a fast-drying, flake resistant formula that’s offset by renewable energy funding for a net-zero impact on the earth’s climate.

Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray, $26.

10Second Day Style

Inject some oomph into slept-on styles, blot out oils and add texture with this dry shampoo and volumizing hairspray hybrid.

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, $7.